Monday, April 23, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending April 21)

Westworld returned for season two this weekend! One of the promos for the season featured a beautiful piano cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box". The show became known in its first season for its player piano-style covers of popular music, so I'm sure the second season soundtrack will be pretty awesome. When it's announced, be sure to check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

Last week, Lykke Li announced her fourth album, so sad so sexy.

I've been a fan of Li's since the release of her amazing debut album, Youth Novels. She's only gotten better with each record, with a perfect mix of pop, indie, and electronic music.

Although it's been four years since her last record, I Never Learn, I wasn't expecting a new album from her quite yet. In 2016, she formed a band, LIV, with her partner, producer Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow, and Björn Yttling of Peter Björn and John. They released four singles together, so I expected to get a full-length album soon. I'm more than happy to get a new solo record!

Li released two new singles, "hard rain" and "deep end", last week, as well. The new album will be released on June 8.

Also announced last week:

The Coral - Move Through the Dawn (August 17)
Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love (July 13)
Drake - Scorpion (June 28)
Father John Misty - God’s Favorite Customer (June 1)
Jim James - Uniform Distortion (June 29)
Jorja Smith - Lost & Found (June 8)
Kanye West - TBA (June 1)
Kanye West & Kid Cudi - Kids See Ghosts (June 8)
Mazzy Star - Still (June 1)
Post Malone - Beerbongs & Bentleys (April 29)
Pusha T - King Push (May 25)
Tokyo Police Club - “New Blues” (out now)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

New Music Friday - March 9, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

August Greene - August Greene

August Greene is a new project from Common, which sees him working again with longtime collaborators Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper. Bringing pianist Glasper into the fold underscores Common's longtime interest in marrying jazz and hip hop. The debut album from the trio also brings in a new collaborator, and a name that I had not heard in a while, Brandy!

Watch: "Optimistic" (featuring Brandy)
Listen: "Black Kennedy"

Liza Anne - Fine But Dying

Fine But Dying is the third album from this artist from Georgia (the U.S. state). On the record, she deals head-on with past struggles with mental illness and the various interpersonal effects, as well as the conflict between internal state and outward appearance.

Watch: "Paranoia"
Watch: "Closest to Me"

Shamir - Resolution

Resolution was a surprise release from Shamir. He had previously announced an EP, Room, and released a few songs from that project. It's not his first surprise release; last year, he released Hope before the more traditional release cycle of Revelations.

Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar

Young Fathers are a trio from Edinburgh. Their music is generally described as hip-hop, though that's a limiting descriptor for them. They also incorporate elements of pop, club music, and industrial. Cocoa Sugar is their third record.

Watch: "In My View"
Watch: "Lord"

Other Full-Length Releases

Albert Hammond Jr. - Francis Trouble

Watch: "Muted Beatings"
Watch: "Set to Attack"

David Byrne - American Utopia

Watch: "Everybody’s Coming to My House"
Listen: "This Is That" (featuring Oneohtrix Point Never)

Editors - Violence

Watch: "Hallelujah (So Low)"
Watch: "Magazine"

Nap Eyes - I’m Bad Now

Watch: "Every Time the Feeling"
Watch: "I’m Bad"

of Montreal - White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood

Watch: "Plateau Phase/No Careerism No Corruption"
Watch: "Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

David Byrne - Naked in Denver

Guided By Voices - Ogre’s Trumpet

Jimi Hendrix - Both Sides of the Sky

Watch: "Lover Man"
Listen: "Mannish Boy"

Logic - Bobby Tarantino II

Listen: "Wassup" (featuring Big Sean)
Listen: "State of Emergency" (featuring 2 Chainz)

Maria Usbeck - Bosque De Bambú

Listen: "Bosque De Bambú"

Shamir - "Room" 7”

Watch: "Room"
Listen: "Caballero"

Tom Waits - Closing Time Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "Closing Time"
Listen: "Little Trip to Heaven"

Tom Waits - Under the Covers

Listen: "Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag"

You Were Never Really Here: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending April 14)

I used to have the goal to hit every major music festival in the US, and maybe even a few abroad. Now, I prefer to stick with festivals hosted in my city (of which there are plenty!). Despite my change of priority, and my issues with the festival, Beyoncé makes a strong case for a future pilgrimage to Indio, CA for Coachella (provided she plays the fest again).

Praise is high for her recent performance there, so if a recording of it ever gets an official release, be sure to check it out on my Upcoming Releases page!

Last week, Arctic Monkeys announced their sixth album, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino.

At their start, the band were a latter part of the post-punk revival of the mid-aughts, but have veered from that sound since their 2006 debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That Is What I Am Not. Their most recent record, 2013's AM, was the culmination of the change, with a psychedelic hard rock sound.

The band has been on hiatus since the end of their AM tour in 2014. During that time, we've gotten a second album from frontman Alex Turner's side project The Last Shadow Puppets, and drummer Matt Helders worked with Iggy Pop on his latest record.

The band announced their latest record on the fifth along with a trailer (no new songs, yet).

Also announced this week:

Arthur Buck - Arthur Buck (June 15)
Beak> - L.A. Playback (out now)
Bombino - Deran (May 18)
Chromeo - Head Over Heels (June 15)
Cold Cave - You & Me & Infinity EP (June 1)
Destroyer - City of Daughters Vinyl Reissue (May 25)
Destroyer - Thief Vinyl Reissue (May 25)
Dreams (June 15)
Gang Gang Dance - Kazuashita (June 22)
Gang of Four - Complicit (April 20)
Graceland - The Remixes (June 1)
The Horrors - “Fire Escape”/“Water Drop” (out now)
Jenny Hval - The Long Sleep (May 25)
Johnny Marr - Call the Comet (June 15)
Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth (June 22)
Kevin Krauter - Toss Up (June 15)
Knxwledge - Gladwement EP (out now)
Lion Babe - “The Wave” (out now)
Los Campesinos! - Hold on Now, Youngster… Vinyl Reissue (October 12)
Los Campesinos! - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed Vinyl Reissue (October 12)
LUMP - LUMP (June 1)
Melody’s Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage (June 15)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of (June 1)
Palberta - Roach Goin’ Down (June 15)
Patrick Paige II - Letters of Irrelevance (May 18)
Perera Elsewhere - Drive (May 4)
Stuart Staples - Arrhythmia (June 15)
Young Thug - Hear No Evil (out now)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending March 31)

And the saga of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin continues! In the wake of news that Martin Shkreli has been ordered to relinquish his singular copy of the Wu-Tang Clan album, RZA revealed that he tried to buy the album back, but his original contract for the sale of the record prevented it. Oh well! Hopefully, the album finds its way into the hands of someone who can appreciate it and, if it ever gets a wide release, be sure to check it out on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Cardi B announced her long-awaited debut album, Invasion of Privacy.

Cardi B started her career in 2015, releasing a couple of mixtapes and scoring a few features spots. She earned her first number one single in June of last year with "Bodak Yellow". While that remains her highest charting track, each single and feature spot since its release has also charted.

She first announced her debut album while accepting iHeartRadio's Best New Artist award earlier this month, but this week, we got the title, artwork, and official release date. Invasion of Privacy will be released on April 6!

Also announced this week:

77:88 - Jellies (July 6)
Angelique Kidjo - Remain in Light (June 8)
Garbage - Version 2.0 Reissue (June 22)
John Parish - Bird Dog Dante (June 15)
Jonny Greenwood - Bodysong Reissue (May 18)
Michael Feuerstack - Natural Weather (May 25)
Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives Remixes Part 1 (May 4)
Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives Remixes Part 2 (May 11)
Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Reissue (May 18)
Paul McCartney - NEW Reissue (May 18)
Paul McCartney - Thrillington Reissue (May 18)
Paul McCartney and Wings - Wings Greatest Reissue (May 18)
Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - Sparkle Hard (May 18)
Sweet Valley - Eternal Champ II (April 20)
The Weeknd - Dear Melancholy, (out now)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending March 17)

Martin Shkreli has been ordered to relinquish his copy of the Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin; his was the only one in existence. We'll have to wait to see whether that may mean a wide release for the record (though I doubt it). It that happens, be sure to look for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Tinashe announced the release date of her long-awaited sophomore album, Joyride.

This pop songstress released her debut album, Aquarius, in 2014. The album way met with high praise from critics and performed decently on the charts.

She wasted no time in getting to work on the follow-up, announcing Joyride was back in late 2015. For some reason, the album itself has slow to materialize. Tinashe has been far from quiet in that time, releasing an EP,  two mixtapes, and a string of singles in the interim.

Finally, on Friday, she announced the album's release date. It will be released on April 13. Previously released singles "No Drama" and "Faded Love" will be included on the album.

Also announced this week:

Jess Williamson - Cosmic Wink (May 11)
Kali Uchis - Isolation (April 6)
Leon Bridges - Good Thing (May 4)
Roger Daltrey - As Long As I Have You (June 1)
Saba - Care for Me (April 5)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

New Music Friday - March 2, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Camp Cope - How to Socialise & Make Friends

This band from Melbourne, Australia formed in 2015 and released their self-titled debut in 2016. They are known for their DIY approach to indie rock, but take on a more stripped back approach for their sophomore record. The result is more in-line with their live shows, taking advantage of being a small band.

Listen: "The Face of God"
Listen: "How to Socialise & Make Friends"

Haley Heynderickx - I Need to Start a Garden

I Need to Start a Garden is the debut album for this artist from Oregon. Haley's music draws from a number of influences, from her own religious upbringing, to Bob Dylan, to more elusive female folk singers like Vashti Bunyan.

Watch: "Oom Sha La La"
Listen: "Drinking Song"

Lucy Dacus - Historian

I saw Lucy Dacus open for Hamilton Leithauser in early 2017. She mostly played from her first album, No Burden, but also performed at least one new song. I am not 100% sure if any of those songs made it onto this record, but they were the first indication that the follow-up to her 2016 record would be just as amazing!

Watch: "Addictions"
Listen: "Night Shift"

Suuns - Felt

I'm am still obsessed with the incredible debut album, Zeroes QC, from this band. While I don't think they've ever quite recaptured the work on that record on subsequent albums, but have remained excellent on each. They are already on their fourth album in just under ten years (fifth if you count the collaborative album with Jerusalem in My Heart).
Their latest still find that artsy groove, but aims for something more emotional.

Watch: "Watch You, Watch Me"
Watch: "Make It Real"

Tracey Thorn - Record

Tracey Thorn was one-half of Everything but the Girl until 2000. She released her first solo album in 1982, the same year that EBTG started, but did not return to her solo career until 2007 with Out of the Woods. Since that return, has released two more studio albums (including this one), a Christmas record, and 3 EPs.

Watch: "Queen"
Watch: "Sister" (featuring Corinne Bailey Rae)

Other Full-Length Releases

Barbagallo - Danse dans les ailleurs

Watch: "L’échappée"
Listen: "Longtemps possible"

The Breeders - All Nerve
Watch: "Wait in the Car"

Listen: "Nervous Mary"

Gwenno - Le Kov

Watch: "Tir Ha Mor"
Listen: "Hi A Skoellyas Liv A Dhagrow"

Jonathan Wilson - Rare Birds

Watch: "Loving You"
Watch: "Over the Midnight"

Jorge Elbrecht - Here Lies

Listen: "Guillotine" (featuring Geneva Jacuzzi)
Listen: "Here Lies" (featuring Tamaryn)

The Men - Drift

Listen: "Killed Someone"
Listen: "Maybe I’m Crazy"

Paddy Hanna - Frankly, I Mutate

Listen: "Bad Boys"
Listen: "Mario Lanza"

Sonny Smith - Rod for Your Love

Watch: "Burnin’ Up" (featuring Angel Olsen)
Watch: "Pictures of You"

Titus Andronicus - A Productive Cough

Watch: "Number One (In New York)"
Watch: "Above the Bodega (Local Business)"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Beach Boys - Sounds of Summer Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "California Girls"
Listen: "Surfin’ Safari"

Everything Everything - A Deeper Sea

Watch: "Breadwinner"
Watch: "The Mariana"

Helena Deland - From the Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. 1

Listen: "There Are a Thousand"

Lost Girls - Feeling

Lucius - NUDES

Watch: "Eventually"
Listen: "Woman"

Margaret Glaspy - Born Yesterday

Listen: "Before We Were Together"

Our Voltage

Listen: Damaged Bug - "Pilot’s Pipe"

Ryuichi Sakamoto - async remodels

Listen: "async" (Arca Remix)
Listen: "solari" (Fennesz Remix)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending March 10)

David Byrne released a new album, American Utopia, this week and received some criticism for the complete lack of female collaborators. For his part, he issued a very sincere apology for the exclusion, noting that it doesn't fit with his past work (remember that amazing collaborative album with St. Vincent?) and recognizing his position to help uplift female voices.

Hopefully, he keeps this in mind with his future work; I, for one, would not mind a new album with St. Vincent! If that happens, look for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, the glorious Neko Case announced her seventh solo album, Hell-On.

Case has had an over-two-decade long solo career, with amazing six albums. My favorite of hers remains the 2000 sophomore album Furnace Room Lullaby. She released her most recent solo record, The More I Love You... (the full title is much longer) in 2013, which landed at the number two spot for my favorite albums of that year.

She hasn't been quiet since that last record. Two years ago, she joined up with kd lang and Laura Veirs for case/lang/veirs and, last year, rejoined with The New Pornographers for Whiteout Conditions; both also incredible albums.

She announced her latest on Monday and released the title track the next day.

Hell-On is set to be released on June 1!

Also announced this week:

The Amazing - In Transit (April 6)
Beach House - 7 (May 11)
Ben Frost - All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated (March 23)
Buck Meek - Buck Meek (May 18)
Damien Jurado - The Horizon Just Laughed (July 6)
Grouper - Grid of Points (April 27)
Jon Hopkins - Singularity (May 4)
La Luz - Floating Features (May 11)
Lily Allen - No Shame (June 8)
Little Dragon - “Best Friends”/“Sway Daisy” (April 20)
Logic - Bobby Tarantino II (out now)
Maria Usbeck - “Bosque De Bambú” (out now)
Now, Now - Saved (May 18)
Quiet Slang - Everything Matters but No One Is Listening (May 18)
serpentwithfeet - soil (June 9)
Shamir - Resolution (out now)
TT - LoveLaws (May 18)
Van Morrison - You’re Driving Me Crazy (April 27)
Wand - Perfume (May 25)